Traditional firewood and kiln dried logs are incredibly popular with homeowners who are looking for a renewable fuel choice. After all, our supply of coal is limited and will eventually run out. With this said, it is vital that firewood is ‘seasoned’ in order to reduce its moisture content below 20% and ensure that the logs burn efficiently and effectively. Read on as the team here at Pearson Fuels go over some of the characteristics of seasoned firewood that will help homeowners determine whether or not their logs are suitable for burning…
Why are seasoned firewood logs lightweight?
Those who are familiar with burning firewood will know that seasoned logs are very easy to carry due to its lightweight nature. After all, firewood is notoriously heavy when it is saturated with moisture which is a fairly easy way to tell whether they can or cannot be burned. As a result, the most recognisable characteristics of well-seasoned firewood are its weight and colour as logs with a suitable moisture content will be very lightweight and have a noticeably grey tinge to them.
Are seasoned logs easy to burn?
Sometimes the moisture content of firewood can be difficult to determine, however the quality of a fire says more than people think. For example, seasoned logs should catch a spark very easily whereas unseasoned logs can be hard to light due to their high moisture content. In addition to this, unseasoned firewood will produce a lot of smoke which can increase the creosote build-up in a chimney flue. Since unseasoned firewood uses a lot of energy to heat the water inside and turn it into steam, it is a very inefficient choice of fuel and should be avoided at all costs.
How small are seasoned firewood logs?
When wood is cut for use as a fuel, it is often done so with the size of a fireplace or woodburning stove in mind. With this said, unseasoned logs are often difficult to cut because the wood is highly saturated whereas seasoned logs are very dry and usually have pre-formed cracks that wood cutters can take advantage of. As a result, these logs are often smaller and less uniformly cut.
Here at Pearson Fuels, we stock a variety of different fuel options in order to ensure that those who choose to avoid coal are well catered for. In fact, our range of imported firewood logs are pre-seasoned and can be burned immediately after purchase. After all, the entire seasoning process can be time-consuming and incredibly difficult without the correct tools and experience to rely on. To find out more information about our firewood range, get in contact with the best coal merchants on the market and speak to a member of the Pearson Fuels team today!